Consumer Reports surveyed a group of people with acute low back pain. The respondents tried 5 or 6 different treatments, and then rated the helpfulness of the treatments and their satisfaction with the health care professionals visited.
Hands-on therapies were among the top-rated. Of those who tried chiropractic manipulation, 58% said, “it helped a lot”, and 59% were “completely” or “very” satisfied with their chiropractor. The percent of people highly satisfied with their back pain treatment and advice varied by the practitioner visited.
The most recent Consumer reports surveyed 45,000 people and found chiropractic care was perceived as the most effective treatment for neck and back pain.
Source: Consumer Reports, Sept. 2011